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Mar
21
comment Mordecai: Esther's uncle?
The m'gila also calls her his dod.
Mar
17
comment What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria?
How do you know גימטריאות there means calculating numerical values of words?
Mar
16
comment What is the earliest source that mentions Gematria?
Are you asking for the earliest source to use the word גימטריא to refer to literal-numerical calculations based on the spellings of words or the earliest source to refer to גימטריא, which is almost certainly a transliteration of the Greek word for geometry? (en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Geometry)
Mar
1
comment Jewish king outside Eretz Yisra'el
Does the Tosafos linked in the question agree with the Ramba"m?
Mar
1
comment Is Rashi really pshat?
Benyomin, interesting answer! Would you care to expand upon it, citing a source or some examples?
Feb
25
comment Anyone know anything about Shlomo Kluger Yeshiva?
Heschel, welcome to mi.yodeya and thank you for your additional (first-hand?) details to expand on this question. Consider registering your account fully by clicking "Register" at the top of the page.
Feb
25
comment Origins of איל משולש and Vilna Ga'on's bathroom math
@Gershon Gold - What does "האיל" in that line mean? Was he a ram? I was assuming it was also a play on the Vilna Ga'on's first name, אליהו.
Feb
23
comment P'sak halacha by AI?
"It doesn't work with pattern matching, which is what's needed in psak." Have you seen the pattern recognition literature? They are working on that too. (Just one example: ieeexplore.ieee.org/xpl/freeabs_all.jsp?arnumber=4767034) How do you know that siyata diShmaya or at least intuition cannot be simulated given sufficient processing power and time?
Feb
22
comment If Christianity is avodah zarah and Islam is not, why has the Christian world triumphed over the non-Christian, and why do Jews prefer to live among Christians and not Muslims?
+1 for the second part of the question about the choices disposably mobile Jews make regarding places to live. Is the first part not just a special case of rasha v'tov lo, or "why do good things happen to bad people?"?
Feb
21
comment words often mispronounced
I'm not clear on exactly what you mean by "pronounced wrong simply because that's how people think they should be pronounced". Are you specifying that the mistakes have to be due to whim or that they have to be due to conviction? Does it matter if people have divergent convictions depending on context? (The first divergence that comes to mind is between colloquialism and Torah reading of the "same" word.)
Feb
14
comment What sort of covering is required for Challa and cake while making Kiddush?
Can you cite a source for the need for covering being based on embarrassment rather than a combination of halachos regarding b'rachos precedence?
Feb
14
comment Hakaras hatov vs. hoda'a
If I understand your answer correctly, hakaras hatov is a component of hoda'a. Is that correct?
Feb
13
comment Hakaras hatov vs. hoda'a
What do you mean by "strict translation"?
Feb
7
comment Are the Aramaic root ק.ב.ל and the Hebrew root ק.ב.ל related?
@msh210 @Yahu @Alex Duly noted.
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Any good sources?
Feb
7
comment Putting on tefillin late
Hello Yonatan Hillel and welcome to mi.yodeya! Thank you for your detailed answer providing an additional perspective on the matter. Consider doing one or both of the following: Clicking the Register link at the top of the page to enjoy all of the benefits of the mi.yodeya user experience and giving your answer even more teeth by providing sources for finding this information.
Feb
6
comment Moshe's name is missing
Kudos for pointing out that Moshe is mentioned in the first word of the parasha.
Feb
6
comment Yosef Mokir Shabbos
What is the question? It would probably be helpful if you punctuated the sentences.
Feb
3
comment Meforshim Nick"names
This one always sticks out in my mind. I think the ר"ן routinely abbreviates רמב"ם this way and that I've noticed it in several editions.
Jan
28
comment 400 Years in Egypt (?)
It is also evident in the context of the original havtacha in B'reshis 15:13. Link: tora.us.fm/tnk1/jdl/MefarsheyTanach001-15.htm